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APCU Programs and Services

The APCU offers an evolving range of programs and services to support the work of our member institutions. In addition to these "in-house" offerings, the APCU also partners with a range of higher education-focused providers to secure special discounts and unique product offerings that help our members address mission-critical functions.


Awareness & Communication

A key function of the APCU is to promote the activities and accomplishments of its schools through the Presbyterian Church (USA), regional and national higher education media outlets, and its own monthly e-newsletter.  In addition, the APCU maintains a continuous online presence through Facebook, LinkedIn, and the APCU website. 

Consulting & Advising 

Peer Advising Network: This service is designed to help APCU member institutions address significant institutional challenges in a low-cost, confidential manner by drawing on the knowledge and experience of seasoned APCU colleagues. The Network is designed to serve as an alternative to expensive (and more extensive) engagements with external higher education consulting firms.

Mentoring Service: APCU Board members volunteer annually to serve as mentors to new APCU presidents. This helps our APCU community remain strong by allowing existing members to provide support and encouragement to the newest members as they make the transition to their respective leadership roles.

Financial Aid for Service

Presbyterian Scholarships: Three scholarships are available to Presbyterian students at the undergraduate level. Each scholarship is currently valued at $4,000 and is renewable. Approximately half-a-million dollars is available through these scholarships each year to qualified candidates attending APCU member schools.

PCUSA Parent Loan: Loans are available through the PCUSA to Presbyterian parents with dependent children enrolled at an APCU school at least half time. Parents can borrow up to $10,000 annually with a $75,000 lifetime cap at an interest rate (currently) of 6.0%.

Gatherings

Presidents’ Retreat: The APCU hosts an annual Presidents’ Retreat that provides opportunities to share successes, challenges, concerns and best practices. The relaxed atmosphere also helps to strengthen our community by encouraging our presidents to get to know each other both personally and professionally.  

Member Webinars:  The APCU sponsors a number of webinars each year that target various audiences at member institutions, including presidents, chief academic offices, enrollment managers, and development officers. The webinars often feature case studies from APCU strategic partners and occasionally showcase the successful work of member institutions in different operational areas.
 

PCUSA Agency Services 

Through its covenant relationship with the Presbyterian Church (USA), the APCU is pleased to make available the expertise and resources of key PCUSA Agencies to all APCU member institutions. This includes a range of exclusive programs and services that had previously been available only to PCUSA churches and the church officials (and their families) serving those churches:

  • The Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program (PILP): APCU members are now eligible to participate in programs from the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program and the Presbyterian Foundation that were previously available only to PCUSA churches.  The Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program (PILP) offers low-interest loans to APCU members to fund capital improvement projects, real estate purchases, debt refinancing, and initiatives that enhance access and energy efficiency.
     
  • The Presbyterian Foundation: The Foundation offers free online tools and services to help APCU members create and manage annual giving campaigns. In addition, the Foundation now offers a range of proven investment options—pooled and independent—to our members to help them build and manage their endowment resources.
     
  • The Presbyterian Board of Pensions: APCU member institutions are eligible to participate in a range of benefits and insurance programs administered by the Presbyterian Board of Pensions. Until recently, these services were only available to PCUSA clergy and church staff. They include retirement, medical, and death & disability benefits as exclusively on the higher education sector.  

Strategic Partnerships

Higher Ed Service Providers: The APCU maintains partnerships with organizations that can provide significant value to our members in the following areas. All partners have been carefully vetted and many already have working relationships with one or more of our schools.

  • Campus master planning
  • Capital financing
  • Funds management
  • Food service
  • Fundraising
  • Insurance / Risk Management
  • IT support / outsourcing
  • Leadership development
  • Operational efficiency
  • Student recruitment

A complete list of APCU Strategic Partners is available here.

Student Awareness

Student Search: The APCU conducts student search campaigns each year that target approximately 30,000 self-identified, college-bound Presbyterian students. The campaign focuses on creating awareness of our diverse set of our colleges and universities—geographically, academically and spiritually.

Congregational Outreach: The APCU also sends print materials to PCUSA congregations with a minimum of 25 active high school youth members. The materials provide an introduction to APCU member schools and offer information about scholarships and grants available to them through the PCUSA.

Youth Events: The APCU represents all of its members at six Presbyterian youth conferences each summer at the Montreat Conference Center. These conferences serve more than 6,000 young people annually. In addition, the APCU coordinates a college fair in conjunction with the Presbyterian Youth Triennium at Purdue University. Approximately 5,000 high school students participate in the Youth Triennium.
 

Study Abroad & Student Exchange

Study USA: In partnership with the British Council, the United Kingdom’s official sponsor for cultural relations and educational opportunities, the APCU makes it possible for the best and brightest students from Northern Ireland to complete a year of study at an APCU member institution. Due to the limited number of eligible students, participating APCU member schools are not guaranteed a placement.  

Irish American Scholars: This complementary program to Study USA encourages students from APCU member institutions to study tuition-free at one of five institutions in Northern Ireland. Students are evaluated by the APCU Executive Director and a panel of faculty members from the five institutions.

Korean Studies Summer Program (KSSP): This program at Hannam University, an APCU member institution, attracts students from around the world each summer who want to earn three college credits while learning more about Korea through a variety of classroom and cultural experiences.

Tuition Exchange Program 

The APCU offers a Tuition Exchange Program for employees and their families at participating member institutions. The program is available to full-time faculty and staff, as well as their dependents and spouses. Generally, participating students must be enrolled full-time and meet the admission requirements of the host school. Students are also subject to the host school's academic and social regulations. 

The host school agrees to waive the full tuition amount for students admitted through the Tuition Exchange Program. Some portion of this amount may be offset through financial aid available to the participating student. Therefore, the student will be required to submit appropriate financial aid forms, such as the FAFSA. The tuition waiver will continue as long as a student remains in good standing with the host school and meets all other eligibility requirements. Students are responsible for other expenses including books, fees and room and board. Currently, 38 APCU member institutions participate in the Exchange Program. 

    Association of Presbyterian Colleges & Universities
    Agnes Scott College, Box 1102
    141 E. College Avenue | Decatur, GA 30030
    470.443.1948  | 
    info@presbyteriancolleges.org